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NORTH CAROLINA AND VIRGINIA 

CHRISTIAN CONFERENCE, i 

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Damascus Ghapfel, Orange bounty,' N, C, 
October 9th, 10th and 11th, 1862. 



HILLSBOROUGH; 
FEINTED BY DENNIS HEARTT. i 

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1862. 



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MINUTES 

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NORTH CAROLINA AND VIRGINIA 

CHRISTIAN CONFERENCE, 

HELD AT 

Damascus Chapel, Orange County, N. C. 

October 9th, 10th and 11th. 1862. 



HILLSBOROUGH: 
PRINTED BY DENNIS HEARTT. 
1862. 



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MINUTES 



Damascus, N. C, October 9, 1862, 9 o'clock, P. M. 

The " North Carolina and Virginia Christian Con- 
ference" met, pursuant to adjournment last year, with 
the Church at Damascus, Orange county, N. C, in its 
thirty-seventh annual session. 

Conference was called to order by Elder Solomon Ap- 
ple, President of the last session. 

Singing, and prayer by Elder J. R. Holt. 

On motion, the Conference proceeded to the election 
of permanent officers, which resulted in the unanimous 
election of Solomon Apple, President; W. K. Martin, 
Vice President; W. S. Long, Secretary; C. A. Apple, 
Assistant Secretary. 

On motion, the names of ministers and delegates were 
enrolled. 

Elders present— G. G. Walker, D. T. Deanes, W. N. 
Bragg, J. R. Holt, T. G. Craven, J. McCulloch, J. N. 
Manning, Solomon Apple, E. W. Beale, J. N. Farrell, 
A. G. Anderson, T. J. Fowler, P. W. Allen, R. G. Tin- 
nin. 

Elders absent— J. W, Wellons, B N. Hopkins, H. K. 
Hayes, A, Franks, J. I. Hobby, W. M. Craven, Joseph 
Albright, W. H. Doherty, A. Iseley, A. Apple, L. Lam- 
beth, W. S. Jordan, Wm. Rollins, A. S. Lelson, Thomas 
Truitt, A. Craven, Chastien Allen, J. S. Swift. 

Licentiates present — W. S. Long, J, Goodrich, C. A. 
Apple, W. H. Martin, W. D. Moffit, W. H. Franks, L. 
C. Madison. 

Licentiates absent — P. R. Jones, A. T. Rich, Abner 
Apple, J. S. Lawrence, C. A. Boon. 



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Delegates— H. Hearn, H. Hatch, Wm. Bland, A. M. 
Carlton, B. Ansley, C. Landling, J. C. Ursery, M. C. 
Winston, J. W. Davis, J. W\ Boyd, W. C. Wilson, C. 
Ellis, J. Mclver, W^Dicken, D. B. McLead, J. Couch, 
G. Nevell, M. Murchison, J. H. Long, Joseph G. Long, 
A. Graham, J. Lynch, J. McAdams. 

On motion, the President was requested to appoint the 
usual committees as soon as practicable. 

On motion, Conference adjourned, to hear the address 
at 2 o'clock, 



October 9, 2 o'clock, P. M. 

Conference convened according to adjournment. 

After singing, Conference was entertained by an able 
and eloquent address by Rev. C. A. Apple. 

The President then announced the following commit- 
tees: 

On Ordination — J. R. Holt, A. G. Anderson, J. N. 
Manning, Joseph McCulIoch, T. J. Fowler. 

On the Character and Standing of Ministers — J. W. 
Boyd, M. C. Winston, James McAdams, Albert Gra- 
ham, J. W. Davis. 

On Home Missions— J. N. Manning, E. W. Beale, W. 
N. Bragg. 

On Statistics — E. W. Beale, J. N. Ferrell, C. A. Apple. 
On Temperance — A. Isley, G. G. Walker, R. G. Tin- 
nin. 

On Sabbath Schools — J. McCullflch, Thomas Craven, 
J. Goodrich. 

On Memoirs— D. T. Deanes, W. N. Bragg, E. W. 
Beale. 

On Finance — C. A. Apple, W. D. Moffit, John Good- 
rich. 

On Ministerial Supply — Jos. McCulIoch, A. M. Carl- 



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ton, William Bland, J. W. Boyd, M. C. Winston, M. 
Murchison, W. Dicken. 

Resolved, That the President appoint a committee of 
three to consider the propriety of printing the Confer- 
ence address. 

The President announced the following; brethren as a 
committee on the above resolution, viz: J. N. Manning, 
E. W. Beale, J. McCulloch. 

On motion, the letters from the various Churches were 
received and read. 

On motion, the committee appointed to examine can- 
didates for the ministry was authorized to examine can- 
didates both for license and ordination. 

On motion, Conference adjourned to meet to-morrow 
morning, 9 o'clock. Singing, and -prayer by Elder W. 
N. Bragg. 



October 10, 9 o'clock, A. M. 

Conference met pursuant to adjournment, Singing, 
and prayer by Elder G. G. Walker. 

On motion, the contributions of the various Churches 
for the Conference fund were called for and received. 
See Appendix. 

On motion, a committe was appointed to investigate 
the case of J. I. Hobby. Committee, A. G. Anderson, 
T. J. Fowler, R. G. Tinnin. 

Resolved, That Rev. W. S. Long be requested to de- 
liver the next annual address, and Rev. VV. D. Moffit be 
appointed his alternafe. 

Resolved, That the thanks of this body be and are here- 
by tendered to the proprietors of the Petersburg Express^ 
the Raleigh Standard, and other papers, for advertising 
its meeting free of charge. 

On motion, Conference adjourned to meet at 2 o'clock, 
P. M. 



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October 10, 2 o'clock, P. M. 

Conference met agreeable to adjournment, and was 
called to order by the Vice President. 

There being no business claiming the present consi- 
deration of Conference, a recess was allowed in order 
that the various committees might have time to consider 
the business in their hands. 

After a short recess Conference again convened. 

On motion, Brother C. A. Boon was received as a 
member of Conference. 

On motion, the following report of the committee au- 
thorized to correspond with the Freewill Baptists was 
received and adopted : 

REPORT. 

We, your committee appointed to correspond with 
the Freewill Baptist Church, beg leave to report, that 
we have not had any correspondence with that body. 
Respectfully submitted, 

T. J, Fowler, Chairman. 

On motion, the following report on Memoirs was re* 
ceived and adopted: 

REPORT. 

We, your committee on Memoirs, beg leave to report. 
We are pained to inform this body, that since our last 
meeting God in his infinite wisdom has seen fit to re- 
move from the toils and labors of earth to the reward of 
the righteous in heaven, our esteemed and much beloved 
brethren in the ministry, William Jordan and Thomas 
E. Jeter. In the death of these brethren, this Confer- 
ence has sustained a very great loss, and the cause of 
Christ two of her most zealous advocates. In view of 
which we present the following resolutions: 

Resolved, That whilst we bow in humble submission 
to this sad dispensation, we sincerely hope that our loss 
has been their eternal gain. 



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Resolved, That we tender to the bereaved our condo- 
lence in their sad affliction. 

Resolved, That a copy of these resolutions be furnished 
the families of the deceased. 
Respectfully submitted, 

D. T. Deanes, Chairman. 

On motion, a committee of three was appointed to 
report on the condition of the country. Committee, E 
W. Beale, W. N. Bragg, C. A. Apple. 

Resolved, That the next meeting of this Conference 
be held with the Church at New Providence, Alamance 
county, N. C, to commence Wednesday before the se- 
cond Sabbath in October, 1863. 

On motion, the former Conference committee was re- 
elected for the ensuing year, viz: J. R. Holt, J. N. 
Manning, W. H. Read, 

Conference adjourned to meet to-morrow morning, 9 
o'clock. Singing, and prayer by Elder Farrell. 



October 11, 9 o'clook, A. M. 

Conference convened according to adjournment. Sing- 
ing, and prayer by Elder E. W. Beale. 

On motion, the report of the committee on the charac- 
ter and standing of the ministers, was returned to the 
committee. 

On motion, the following report on the condition of 
the country was received and adopted : 

REPORT. 

Whereas the present deplorable condition of our be- 
loved country calls for the sympathy and efforts of both 
Church and State in order that she may be preserved 
amid the perils which threaten her on every hand ; and 
whereas our prosperity, national as well as religious, de- 
pends on the help of Divine Providence ; Therefore, 



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T. Resolved, That, though we have no desire to inter- 
fere in political affairs, yet we claim the common privi- 
lege granted to all citizens, of expressing our view9 in 
a manner becoming christian men. 

2. Resolved, That the cause of the Confederate States 
is in every sense our own cause, that her destiny is our 
destiny, that we will stand or fall with her, and that to 
the achievement of her independence we will devote 
everything which we hold (bar on earth. 

3. Resolved, That we will endeavor to impress our 
people with the importance of looking more earnestly, 
in this matter, to the help of Almighty God. 

4. Resolved, That, in order to secure Divine assist- 
ance, it is necessary that we should set our faces against 
the many corruptions which are being practiced in this 
land; and especially would we enjoin upon our minis- 
ters and brethren generally, the importance of using 
their influence and example against the fearful sin of 
extortion. 

5. Resolved, That we recommend every Church to 
meet at least once every month for the special purpose 
of invoking God's blessing upon our arms, and of en- 
treating that he would soon cheer us with the smiles of 
peace. 

6. Resolved, That our thanks are due the Great Dis- 
poser of events for the mercies he has shown us in days 
past, and that in his wisdom and goodness we will hum- 
bly confide in days to come. Respectfully submitted. 

E. W. Be ale, Chairman. 

On motion, the following resolution was unanimonsly 
adopted : 

Resolved, That the first hour of the afternoon session 
of to-day be set apart for special prayer in behalf of our 
bleeding country. 

On motion, the report of the committee on printing 
the Conference address was laid upon the table. 

Resolved, That the President appoint a committee of 
five elders to examine all candidates for the ministry, 




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either for license or ordination, who may apply at our 
next Conference. Committee, J. R. Holt, A, G, Ander- 
son, J. N. Manning, A. Iseley, T, J. Fowler. 

On motion, a committee of three was appointed to con- 
sider the propriety of printing the minutes of this Con- 
ference. Committee, J. McCulloch, G. G, Walker, W. 
H, Martin. 

On motion, the following report of the examining com- 
mittee was receive : 

REPORT. 

For License. — The first candidate, Bro. Bennet Ans- 
jey, appeared before the committtee. He nTaRes small 
pretensions to literary qualification; his knowledge em- 
bracing only reading, writing, and a partial study of the 
Scriptures. His claims, therefore, are returned to Con- 
ference, based only upon the recommendations of the 
Churches, his well-known piety and zeal, and his use- 
fulness hitherto. 

For Okdination. — Bro. A. C. Apple has passed a sa- 
tisfactory examination in all the requisite studies, and is 
recommended for ordination. 

Bro. W. S. Long sustained a satisfactory examination 
in all the requisite branches, and is recommended for 
ordination. 

Bro. J. Goodrich based his claim for ordination on a 
partial literary course; more especially on his know- 
ledge of the Scriptures, and his former usefulness and 
acceptance with the Churches. He, therefore, is a fair 
subject for Conference. 

Bro. W. f). Moffit sustained an examination which 
justifies the committee in assuming the responsibility of 
recommending his ordination. 
Respectfully submitted. 

J. R. Holt, Chairman. 

Of the persons included in the above report, C. A. 
Apple, W. S. Long and W. D. Moffit were ordained, 
and Bennet Ansley was licensed. 



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On motion, a Presbytery was appointed for the ordi- 
nation of the brethren recommended, at 11 o'clock, Sun- 
day morning. Presbytery, Solomon Apple, T. J. Fow- 
ler, J. N. Manning. 

The committee on Sabbath Schools reported. Report 
read, received and adopted. 

REPORT. 

The committee to whom was referred the subject of 
Sabbath Schools, beg leave to report. We feel deeply 
impressed with the worth of Sabbath Schools, and the 
only question, it seems to us, for our consideration i9, 
what course shall we pursue to induce our ministers and 
brethren to go to work actively in showing our congre- 
gations the importance of bringing up their children to 
reverence the Sabbath. It seems to have escaped the 
minds of many that there is one day out of seven that 
God has set apart for his own use. Six days he allows 
us to engage in our various occupations, the seventh he 
has commanded us to keep holy. If we look to the plain 
teachings of our Bible, we can find no excuse for not 
obeying this holy injunction. Therflhjs every reason 
why we should meet the children, thlcare soon to take 
our places as men and women, on the Sabbath, to train 
their young and tender minds in the way of godliness, 
and to reverence the day which God has commanded 
us to keep holy. We know that one of the reasons 
why Sabbath Schools are so much neglected is, persons 
do not wish to deprive themselves of any fancied enjoy- 
ment that they may secure to themselves by spending 
this day according to their own notions; forgetting that 
if, from regard to God's Sabbath, we deny ourselves, he 
will more than pay us. Surely in keeping God's sta- 
tutes there is great reward. Therefore, 

Resolved, That we do most earnestly recommend all 
our ministers to endeavor to establish a Sabbath School 
in each of our Churches. Respectfully submitted. 

J. McCulloch, Chairman. 



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The committee on Home Missions handed in their 
report, which was received and adopted. 

REPORT. 

We conceive that no means are better calculated to 
unite the different sections of the country, and bring 
the isolated and less favored parts of our land under re- 
ligious influence than Home Missions; but we are sorry 
to say that the activity and zeal of the Denomination, in 
this matter, has not been equal to the great end desired. 
We find that the efforts on the part of the ministers and 
church to raise a fund sufficient to conduet a Home Mis- 
sion successfully, have been very weak. We have no 
new plan to report by which to raise funds, but would 
urge greater industry and perseverance upon the pre- 
sent plan. Many inviting fields offer inducements which 
might yield a rich harvest if early attended to. 
Respectfully submitted. 

J. N, Manning, Chairman. 

The following resolution passed unanimously: 

Resolved, That the thanks ot Conference are due, and 
are hereby tendered to its officers for their faithful dis- 
charge of duty. 

Resolved, That the President appoint a committee of 
three to report upon the expediency of procuring a cir- 
culating library. Whereupon the President appointed 
J. N. Manning, J. McCulloch and E. W. Beale. 

Conference then adjourned to meet at 2 o'clock, P. M. 



October 11, 2 o'clock, P. M. 

Conference convened and proceeded to business. 

The hour having arrived for special prayer meeting 
in behalf of our suffering country, several able and fer- 
vent prayers were offered. 



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Resolved, That Bro. J. Goodrich be encouraged to im- 
prove himself a while longer before ordination. 

The committee on ministerial supply, offered the fol- 
lowing report, which was accepted and adopted: 

REPORT. 

We, jour committee on Ministerial Supply, submit 
the following report : 

Dan River Association, Dist. No. 1. Win. S. Long. 
Tar River " 
New Hope, " 

Middle Creek, " 

Cape Fear, n 

Moore, " 

Deep River, " 

Haw River, " 

Shallow Ford, " 
Salem Chapel, " 
Lebanon, " 
Newbern, " 
Wilmington, M 
Union, Alamance, 

Respectfully Submitted, 

J. McCulloch, Chairman. 

The committee on the character and standing of min- 
isters, again offered their report, which was received 
and adopted. 

REPORT. 

Your committee on the character and standing of the 
(he ministry beg leave to report : That we find the fol- 
lowing brethren in good standing: G. G. Walker, J. 
W. Wellons, D. T. Deanes, W. N. Bragg, T. G. Cra- 
ven, J, McCulloch, T. J. Fowler, H. B. Hayes, J. N, 
Manning, S, Apple, A. Franks, J. R. Holt, J. N. Far- 



2. 

3. T. J. Fowler, 
J, R. Holt. 

4. D. T. Deanes. 

5. J. N. FarrelL 
6. 

7. W. D. Moffit. 

8. E. W. Beale, 

A. G. Anderson. 

9. P. W. Allen. 

10. G. G. Walker. 

11. Solomon Apple. 
12. 

13. 

14. Alfred tseley. 



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rell, P. W. Allen, R. G. Tinnin, W. M. Craven, J. * 
Albright, A. Iseley, A.Apple, L. Lambeth, W. Rollins, 
A. G. Anderson, A. S. Nelson, Thomas Truitt, A. Cra- 
ven, Chastien Allen, J. S. Swift, W. S. Long, J. Good- 
rich, C. A. Apple, L. C. Madison, A. T. Rich, Abner 
Apple, J. S. Lawrence, W. K. Martin, P. A. Jones, W. 
D. Moffit, W. H. Franks, C. A, Boon, E. YV. Beale. 

Your committee would recommend, that when a min- 
ister shall fail to report himself, personally or by letter, 
for more than three years successively, his name shall 
be dropped from the minutes of Conference, provided, 
when a satisfactory explanation is given he shall be re- 
stored, Respectfully submitted. 

J. W. Boyd, Chairman. 

The committee on Finance reported, which was re- 
ceived and adopted. 

REPORT. 

Your committee on Finance beg leave to report: That 
we have examined the accounts of the Treasurer, and 
we find him charged as follows : 

To cash on hand, 1861, $77 35 

To cash received, 1862, 57 35 

13,4 70 

$45 00 
10 00 
55 00 

Balance on hand, $79 70 

Respectfully submitted, 

C. A. APPLE, Chairman. 

The committee on Statistics then reported, which was 
received and adopted. Vide Appendix. 

On motion, the publication of the Minutes of Con- 
ference was referred to the Conferenc« committee, % 



— Less — 
By cash paid for Minut^l 
By amount deducted for error, 



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* Resolved, That Friday before the first Sabbath in May, 
and Friday before the first Sabbath in September, be 
held as days of fasting, humiliation and prayer by our 
Conference. 

The committee to whom was referred the expediency 
of raising a Library, reported, which was received and 

adopted, 

REPORT, 

The committee to whom was referred the resolution 
to inquire into the expediency of providing; a Circulat- 
ing Library, report, that they think it very expedient 
indeed, to raise a library as large as possible, for the 
benefit of Ministers in the Christian denomination. 
Respectfully submitted, 

J. N. Manning, Chairman. 

Resolved, That the President appoint a committee of 
three, to devise a plan for procuring and dispersing 
of a circulating library, and report at our next Confer- 
ence, 

Committee appointed, J. N. Manning, W. S. Long, 
E, W. Beale, 

Resolved, That the sincere thanks of this body be ten- 
dered to the brethren and friends around Damascus for 
the kind and hospitable manner in which they have en- 
tertained this Conference during the present session. 

Resolved, That the proceedings of this Conference be 
faithfully recorded. 

On motion, J. N. Manning was elected Recording 
Secretary. 

On motion, the difficulties connected with Mount Zi<m 
Church was referred to a special committee, viz, : K. W. 
Beale, A. Iseley, P. R. Harden. 

On motion, W. S. Long was requested to prepare the 
Minutes for the press. 

[The President faded to appoint a committee on Pe- 



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riodicals, and the committee appointed on Temperance 
failed to report. Sec.~] 

Having had a small but interesting and harmonious 
session, Conference adjourned, to meet at New Provi- 
dence, Alamance county, N. C, on Wednesday before 
the second Sabbath in October, 1863. Singing, and 
prayer by Elder T. J. Fowler, 

SOLOMON APPLE, President. 

W. H. MARTIN, Vice Presidents 
W. S. Long, Seeretary, 
C. A. Apple, rfss't Secretary, 



APPENDIX 



Here we give the names of all the Churches which 
sent up money for the Conference Fund : 



Pope's Chapel, $7 20 

Pleasant Grove, Va. 5 00 

Oak Level, 3 75 

New Providence, 5 00 

Lebanon, ^ 7 00 

Mount Zion, 2 00 

Mount Auburn, 8 40 

Hank's Chapel, 7 00 

O'Kelley's Chapel, 5 00 

Pleasant Hill, £ 00 

Damascus, 5 00 



$57 35 



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STATISTICAL TABLE. 





















rAol UKo. 


Lay Delegates. 


o 


s 




c pell'c 


io. of 
3mben 












Q 


r A 


? E 


O'Kelley's, 


1 . J . r owler, 


o. tJarbee. 


' 


— 


— 








J. r . U Kelley, 
















a. ivi. v^uriton, 


6 




2 


2 


136 


Pleasant Spring, 


J. N. Ferrel, 


J. A. McLain, 














A. ©. uney, 


1 




2 


1 


80 


Shady Grove, 


l . It, o raven- 


jj. r> . ivicijeau, 














J. Moore, 






3 




33 


Salem Chapel, 


T% TVT TT ^- 1 • 

d. N. Hopkins, 


J. 1 . W. Davis, 












J. Freeman, 
T. Fulp, 








3 


123 


rope a unapel, 


J. N. Manning, 


U. bandling, 














J. G. Ursrey, 
M. u. Winston, 


11 








143 


Zion, 


Wm. Koluns, 


W m. Dicken, 

T Tic _T 

J. Mclver, 


20 








118 


T _l 

Lebanon, 


Solomon Apple, 


J. W. McLam, 


3 






1 


43 


New Providence, 


G. W. Beale, 


J. H. Long, 
J. G. Dong, 


16 




5 




265 


Pl't Grove, N.G. 


J.N. Ferrel, 


W. C. Wilson, 














U. iJlllS, 


y 




T 
1 




65 


•Shallow r ord, 


P. J. Fowler, 






1 


1 




62 


Damascus, 




J. LrOUCfl, 

vjr. ixevii, 




5 


<5 




74 


Pleasant Hill, 


T TVT TC 1 

J.N .r errel, 


D. Boyd, 

J. F. Jearnigan, 


5 




9 


1 


35 


Park's Stand, 


P. W . Allen, 




10 








12 


neas t virove, v a» 


w . o. L»ong, 


j >^vv . jj oy a , 


rt 
I 




o 

A 




66 


Hine's Chapel, 


B. N. Hopkins, 


I . vvaynicic, 














J. Gant, 






3 




38 


Oak Level, 


T XT If . ^.^ 

J.N. Manning, 


J. Dlackley, 
T. Winston, 






2 






Drown s Chapel, 


B. N. Hopkins, 








1 




17 


Mount Bethe!,- 


B. N. Hopkins, 


Dr. J, Strader, 












W A Barham 

TT • All *J Oil UilUi} 






• 

l 




51 


Brown's, 
Shiloh, N.C. 


A, S. Nelson, 




9 






1 


24 


D, T. Deanes, 








1 




56 


Union, Va. 


W. S. Long, 


Capt.R.Tuck, 
R. T. Wilkins, 
C.H.Winfree, 






















193 



19 



Mount Auburn, j-J. N. Manning, 

Good Hope, jJ. N. Manning, 

Liberty Hili, jJ. N. Manning, 
Fuller's, j J . N. Manning, 



The following Churches riot being represented, the 
statistics ot last year are appended : 



Moore Union, 


20 


Ebenezer, 


of 


onilon, V a. 


i> 


Grant's Chapel, 


« 

o 


Hanks's Chapel, 


180 


Pine Ridge, 


6 


Christian Chapel, 


130 


Union, Alamance, 


475 


Shallow Well, 


93 


Apple's Chapel, 


75 


Midway, 


52 


Mount Zion, 


75 


Bethel, 


43 


Concord, 


25 


Antioch, 


40 


Reece's, •* 


50 


Pleasant Grove, 


117 


Liberty, 

Utley's School Jipuse, 


JO 


Pleasant Ridge, 


58 


18 


Newbern, 


184 


Liberty Grove, 


9 


Christian Union, 


81 


Pleasant Hill, Johnston, 


34 


Beth lehem. 


100 






Wake Chapel, 


84 




2041 


Acoai Ridge, 


12 


Members from table above, 


1804 


Parks' s Cross Roads, 


11 







Total number of members, 384a 



S. H.Turner, 
J. H.Fleming, 
D. Bragg, 
J. F. Dilliard, 
C. E. Ayrene, 
Jas. O. Coghill 



5 








4 








106 


6 


30 


9 



7* 
% 

15 

36 

1804